February 29, 2012
'Riders sign QB Brennan
By SPORTS NETWORK
REGINA - Former Heisman Trophy finalist Colt Brennan has signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Brennan was a finalist for college football's most prestigious honor in 2007 as a senior quarterback at Hawaii, when he led the Warriors to an undefeated regular season and their first BCS bowl game -- a loss to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.
After finishing his collegiate career with 14,193 yards and 131 touchdowns, including a single-season record of 58 in 2006, Brennan was selected by the NFL's Washington Redskins in the sixth round of the 2008 draft. He led all NFL rookies in passing yards and TD passes during the 2008 preseason.
Brennan, though, has never played an NFL regular-season game. He sat out the entire 2009 season with hamstring and hip injuries, then was traded to Baltimore in the summer of the 2010 and was released within a week. Oakland signed him and released him before the start of the 2010 campaign.
The 28-year-old was signed by the fledgling United Football League this past season.
Saskatchewan also signed quarterback Drew Willy, the most prolific passer in the University of Buffalo's football history. As a four-year starter, he set school records with 8,748 passing yards and 52 touchdowns.
Willy has spent time in NFL camps with the with Ravens, Colts, Jets and Chargers.